Skip to comments.After Israeli Apology, Erdogan Plans Gaza Visit
Posted on 03/24/2013 9:42:09 AM PDT by haffast
A day after Israel apologized to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara incident, its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that he will visit Gaza.
I may eventually visit Gaza and the West Bank in April. This visit would take place in the context of a general effort to contribute to the resolution process, Erdogan told reporters, according to a report in the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
Hamass Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, had already announced on Friday that Erdogan would visit Gaza in the near future, the report said.
Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu had confirmed that "Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon visit the Gaza Strip where he will meet with Prime Minister (Haniyeh)," according to the Hurriyet.
Nunu reportedly said that Erdogan had called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal "to tell him Israel had accepted Turkey's conditions: apologies for the murder of the Turkish militants, recognition of (Israel's) responsibility and the lifting of the embargo.
Erdogan also said that the reconciliation with Israel and the prospect of a resolution of the conflict between Hamas and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbass rival Fatah party could accelerate Syrian President Bashar al-Assads fall.
According to the Hurriyet, Erdogan emphasized the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Binymain Netanyahu had used the word apology and not regret in the formal document, adding that the statement was issued in accordance with Turkeys expectations.
He explained that after Netanyahus phone call, they had agreed that the first statement would come from Israel.
In the end the United States made it public, then Israel confirmed and we announced that we accepted the apology, he said, adding that Israel had shown willingness to issue an apology and compensation in the past but that Turkey had insisted on the abolishment of the Gaza blockade.
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Really? According to The Jerusalem Post one senior Israeli official said on Thursday that Israel did not commit to ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if security is threatened.
Might as well make friends with a cobra.
thanks haffast and Perdogg.
US unblocks $500M for Palestinians
Posted on 03/24/2013 8:14:17 AM PDT by Perdogg
Erdogan had called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal "to tell him Israel had accepted Turkey's conditions: apologies for the murder of the Turkish militants, recognition of (Israel's) responsibility and the lifting of the embargo."one of those is factual.
A couple of small simple questions (pat. pend.) if I may
Where is the Mavi Marmara?
Where is the cargo the Mavi Marmara was carrying?
Next time a ship attempts to break the Gaza blockade what will the IDF do?
By asking ourselves these question, and unbunching our panties we may be able to reach some conclusions.
There won’t be a next time, or at least, not from a Turkish port.
wiki — “Comoros-flagged passenger ship”